Australian researchers will gain invaluable experience at some of the world’s leading institutions in Germany with the announcement of $2.7 million in grant funding under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.
Under the scheme, early career researchers from Australia will be supported to work with colleagues in Germany, and German researchers will experience Australia’s world class facilities.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan welcomed the announcement from Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service, and said the scheme will offer benefits for both nations.
“Australian researchers will be exposed to new ideas and new networks of fellow researchers, providing a valuable boost to their work and their careers,” Mr Tehan said.
“Germany is ranked fourth among Australia’s collaborating research partner countries and the research impact is very high, especially in the areas of medical, health, and the physical and biological sciences.
“Strengthening research ties between Australia and Germany will help drive economic growth and prosperity, building on the strong friendship between our two nations.”
The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme plays a vital role in delivering the Australian Government’s National Strategy for International Education 2025 and the Council for International Education’s priorities.
Australia’s international education sector is worth around $32 billion a year and employs over 200,000 Australians.
The Australian Government provided $250,000 to Universities Australia through the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation Program to assist in administering the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.